Every day we are blessed to see the face of God in the faces of our young people. Always a blessing prior to the pandemic, it’s even more so now. The beauty of our young people—with or without masks—is the oxygen that propels us forward.
Tawana, a volunteer, a board member, and just an amazing person was a resident ten years ago. Last week, Tawana sent me the sweetest note.
Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation, JAY-Z's Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, and Jack Dorsey's Start Small have announced a major donation to Covenant House New Orleans. This gift will support critical, 24/7 services for homeless youth and children as our community faces the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our youth and children, despite the masks, still radiate goodness and beauty.
Our young people are absolutely amazing. In the midst of the pandemic, they are able to find the space in their hearts to worry about the life and safety of those who have more than let them down… those who should have loved them unconditionally.
I asked Melissa one last question: “When you were being drugged and raped, night after night. Did you get mad at God?” She looked at me quizzically. “No... sometimes when the drugs were wearing thin, I would wake up and pray: please God save me."
"Mama Foots" is an angel - a woman of deep faith. Every morning, she leads a group of the young men in prayer: giving thanks for blessings (like a new job), asking for strength and fortitude, and now... seeking protection from the Coronavirus.
As a Crisis Care Center providing critical 24/7 care to homeless youth in our community, we are on the front lines of this pandemic. We are committed to keeping our doors open to provide safety, shelter, and support to every young person who comes to us in need.
Tisha's test results came back: she had indeed acquired the COVID-19 virus... The doctor texted: "Tisha’s water just broke. She is hypertensive, and her liver enzymes are elevated."